South Delhi Municipal Corporation mulls policy to regulate spas, gyms
Oct 07, 2012
Source : The Times Of India
Policy to regulate spas and gyms


NEW DELHI: In the last few years, the city has witnessed an exponential increase in the number of wellness centres, especially spas and gyms, and beauty parlours. To ensure that quality service is offered to customers, South Delhi Municipal Corporation is working on a policy to regulate these centres. Not only will the policy help monitor hygiene standards at these centres, it will also boost the corporation's revenue.
"As we don't issue licences to parlours, gyms and spas, we are not entitled to inspect their premises. These places need to maintain high standards of hygiene as chances of spread of infections and diseases like Hepatitis B and C are very high here," said Dr NK Yadav, medical health officer, South corporation.
Officials say that the policy will have specific guidelines for different categories of wellness centres. Once the policy is approved, the civic agency will issue licences to centres which follow the guidelines. At present, the health department of the civic agency issues licences to guesthouses, eateries and kiosks. "We can take action against these places if they don't adhere to our rules. This policy will help us regulate wellness centres too," said Dr Yadav.
The decision to formulate such a policy was taken at a recent meeting of South corporation's health committee. Officials say that the plan will be ready in a month and will be soon tabled before the House.
With more and more people availing the services of wellness centres, officials say, there is a need to standardize the quality of service.
"Bacterial infections can easily be transferred from one person to the other if proper hygiene standards are not maintained. Often, metal equipment are not sterilized properly," said a health official of the South corporation.
Apart from hygiene, the policy will also focus on the health of the staff employed by the wellness centres. "It is important that the staff is medically fit. We may ask the centres to get their employees tested. But we are yet to finalize the policy," said an official.
Once approved, the policy is also expected to fill the corporation's coffers.
"At present, we don't have an idea about the number of wellness centres in the city. Once this policy comes into effect, it will be mandatory for them to obtain a licence from the corporation. Though the licence fee will be nominal, it will boost our revenue," said Dr Yadav.

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